TIME BOMBS
DOCUMENTARY

SYNOPSIS:
In the spring of 1957, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission. These young men did not know they would be used as guinea pigs in the most important nuclear test program of the Cold War. The American military wanted to know how the average soldier would hold up on a nuclear battlefield.

With absolutely no knowledge of the effects of radiation, the boys played “war games,” sometimes less than 1 000 yards from exploding nuclear bombs: bombs as much as four times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The effects were devastating.

Many of the men fell gravely ill, and some of their children were born with deformities or handicaps. The controversial operation has never received official recognition from the Government of Canada.

Time Bombs follows the Atomic Veterans in their quest for recognition from the Government.

Pictures

Prizes and Nominations

Press kit

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 Poster in High Resolution (5857 kb)

 

Cast and Crew

English (Original). French version also available.
Length: 46 minutes

Production
Productions de la Ruelle

Producers
Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel

Directors
Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel

Original idea
Pierre Brisson et Véronique Morin

Voice over
Vlasta Vrana and Guylaine Maroist

Director of photography
Steeve Desrosiers, Douglas Munro, c.s.c. and Jean-François Perreault

Editing
Eric Ruel

Sound editing
Louis Dupire and Eric Ruel

Sound mixing
Jean-Paul Vialard, ONF

Scenario
Guylaine Maroist

Research
Pierre Brisson, Guylaine Maroist and Veronique Morin

Visual research
Ginette Beauchemin and Eric Ruel

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Robert Henderson, Calgary AB
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Kenneth Umpherville, SK
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The Atomic Vets vs Canadian government
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Les vétérans vs gouvernement canadien
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Jim Huntley, Balzac AB
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Les yeux de Jim Huntley et le drapeau canadien
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Robert Henderson, Calgary AB
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Robert Henderson, Calgary AB
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Kenneth Umpherville, SK
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Secrecy is the word to remember
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The soldiers follow orders, trenches
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Soldiers at the Nevada test site
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Atomic Bomb, Plumbbob operation
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Soldier in trench during explosion
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Soldier in trench during explosion
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The soldiers facing the mushroom cloud
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Nevada Test site entrance, CU
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Nevada Test site entrance, wide shot
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>Nevada Desert, afternoon
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Nevada Desert, magic hour
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Nevada test site, 5am
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Two soldiers in front of mushroom
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The soldiers facing the mushroom cloud
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Nevada test site, the soldiers march
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Soldiers wait for explosion in trench
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The soldiers facing the mushroom cloud
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The soldiers walking toward mushroom cloud
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The three soldiers: Jim Huntley (AB),
Kenneth Umpherville (SK), Robert Henderson (AB)
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Some of the 40 soldiers of the Queen’s own
riffles regiment at the Nevada Test Site
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Maple leaf in water, autumn
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Jim Huntley remembering is lost fellow soldiers
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Jim Huntley trying to find is fellow soldiers
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Jim Huntley tired of waiting
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Vet writing a letter
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Parliament clock 12:01
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Defense minister